Last year, my wife told me that she wanted to visit Port Dickson as she has never been there before. I said, sure, let’s go. Well, nothing happened because I have many other preferred choices like Langkawi, Melaka, Tanjung Sepat, Sekinchan, Genting Highlands and more and because the weekends are limited, I have brought my family to all these places since then. This time, we finally decided and booked a hotel and drove to Port Dickson. It’s not far, only 1 hour and 20 minutes away from my Damansara Damai home. On the way there we were chatting and I told her that Port Dickson is just 45 minutes away from KL. Thus it’s popular and perhaps some KLites may have properties there just to enjoy their weekends. Of course, this is just my theory.
We arrived at our hotel, checked in and went out to drive around. The whole stretch of Jalan Pantai was full of hotels. From the smaller ones to the bigger ones and the special promotion ones to the luxurious ones. Perhaps because it’s not a weekend, there were not that many cars on the road and traffic was easy. We had dinner at Avillion Admiral Cove and came across this condo project called Marina Bay. Painted in white, it looked worn out and empty. I wanted to know if my observation was correct. A check online then showed that it’s 1,300 sf and prices are around RM300,000 – RM360,000. Sort of confirmed why it looks worn out and empty. Perhaps it’s just not popular enough amongst those going to Port Dickson (too many other choices) OR there’s just not enough tourists to Port Dickson. For high-rise developments, maintenance is critical. Thus maintenance fees are critical and as soon as many did not pay, the maintenance starts to go down, facilities start to break down and even more would then refuse to pay. Actually, everyone is just ‘killing’ everyone and this becomes a cycle of no return. I certainly hope this is not happening to Marina Bay. It may be empty because it was not a weekend.
Next day, we had breakfast at a famous breakfast place. P.D. Eating Point. Overall, it’s ok, Nasi Lemak and the western sets. Nearby, there was a development called PD Water Front which I dropped by too. Strolled around for a while and noticed that all the restaurants facing the ‘water front’ are opened. From Papa Rich to Korean food to Japanese and even Waffles, basically you have it all here. Just not the crowd. Okay, perhaps it’s not a weekend. Checking online, its website is down. Sigh. http://www.pdwaterfront.com.my Well, that’s the end of my search and interest. I wish the developer the best.
This trip was okay. Sun, sea, sand, food and lots of smiles from both my wife and baby. So it’s a good and relaxing trip. However, for property investment, I am sorry Port Dickson, I would favour Melaka anytime. In terms of current attractions, potential developments and investment reasons, Melaka would trump Port Dickson anytim if I am the one choosing. Sorry, I have no investment in both places yet though for Melaka I think it should not be too far in the future. We shall see. Everything is available in Port Dickson, just not up to what I wanted. The next trip might be long time to come. Who knows, maybe PD Waterfront may invite me for a latte and tell me why their website was down today.
written on 22 Oct 2014
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